Google Moon to go 3D
40th lunar anniversary with added terrain
Google is likely to announce a new 3D view of the Moon in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20.
The Mountain View Chocolate Factory announced plans to hold a press conference that day in Washington, DC to discuss "a very special announcement about the newest addition to Google Earth."
Moon walker #2 Buzz Aldrin will speak at the event as well as Man on the Moon author Andrew Chaikin. Short of Google releasing hand-to-hand combat tips courtesy of Aldrin, it's pretty clear what the company has brewing.
NASA recently launched the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), which has been happily beaming home compelling new snaps of luna firma. The orbiting probe will also be able to provide a 3D map of the moon's surface which could be used to complement the ageing overhead shots that Google Moon currently offers.
The company obviously has a very friendly relationship with the US space agency, so Google getting hold of the data isn't exactly a stretch. NASA even let's Google cool their jets at the Ames Research Center just a few miles from Google's headquarters — and by the way, Ames just happens to manage LRO's twin mission, the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS).
Furthermore, Google already provides a 3D view of Mars through Google Earth 5.0. The planets, as they say, are aligned for a three dimensional peek at our local orbiting harsh mistress. ®
Proof there was no moon landing.
Simple - the MOON ITSELF is a conspiracy by Microsoft, Apple, Monsanto, Majestic 12, Ocean's 11 and the US. (there should be an icon with a skeleton dressed as Uncle Sam, all the cool protesters have 'em). The moon was originally invented in 1957 as a Coco-Cola advertisment, but they lost control of it. It was then taken over by a consortium of tobacco and toothpaste manufacturers to project mind-control "LAZORZ" and to act as a source of fluroidation. It was sold to Monsanto and M$ to develope a joint Operating System / Genetically Modified Fertilizer that would enslave the world.
@Richard Cartledge - the WAS NO moon 40 years ago, so of course they haven't been there!
Nor have any of the so-called space flights ever taken place - the Shuttle just goes up a mile or two, flies out to sea then THEY land it a few days later, after some blurry and staticy pictures claiming THEY are in space, then it lands in the desert, and NO-ONE is allowed to go near it, otherwise it would be obvious it hadn't been to space.
Challenger blew up because THEY had to do it; otherwise Christina McCauliffe would have blown the whistle.
If fact, you'll also find that even the SEA is a conspiracy, what with all of these spurious "claims" and "hypotheses" about how deep it is. It's actually only about 30ft deep, but THEY don't want you to know it's prefectly safe to swim to the Carribean for holidays. If you do, you'll find the flying cars, blue ambrosia foods, and aliens THEY have been covering up.
The Bermuda Triangle is a CONSPIRACY too; THEY don't want you to now IT'S ACTUALLY THE BERMUDA OCTAGON!
It's ALL a CONSPIRACY and THEY don't want you to know.
Moon landing? What moon landing? #
WWII ? What WWII? Oh the one that lasts 90mins and is won by the USA?
The USA doen't exist, you know, it's all movie tricks...
baaahahhaaa best photochop i seen in ages
looking forward to this 3d moon thing though